Last Monday, Miami police have accused a South Florida nun of obstructing justice and disorderly conduct. They say the nun interfered with their attempt to arrest a homeless man who was causing a disturbance outside the Missionaries of Charity Shelter. The man was reportedly wielding a knife and ice pick and police had him at gunpoint.
The nun allegedly stepped between the man and the police in an attempt to diffuse the situation and prevent the homeless man’s arrest. She was not taken to jail, but she was cited for disorderly conduct and obstructing justice. Both are misdemeanor offenses.
According to an officer from the Miami Police Department, “she is very passionate about what she does, and she’s very protective. We don’t believe that this was a situation where she was trying to be anything more than protective. Unfortunately, she stepped over the boundary of just being protective to actual interfering.”
Nun Arrested Defending Homeless Man, KIRVOTV.com, June 5, 2009
Nun Accused Of Confronting Miami Police Officer, WPBF.com, June 5, 2009
Contact a South Florida defense lawyer if you have been cited with a misdemeanor or other crime.